An open letter to Gov. Romney.
Dear Gov. Romney,
I am not a victim. I am not part of the “47% of Americans who pay no taxes”. In fact, I pay a higher tax rate than you do. My wife and I both work and pay our taxes, and we make a good living…though not middle class as you define it at $250k per year (funny, I always thought we were middle class, but who knew?). I don’t believe myself to be entitled to everything from my government, and I do believe in personal responsibility. However, I also believe we should help those truly in need, and that we shouldn’t write off half of the country in such a dismissive way.
Please take a look at some of those programs you seem to believe make “victims” of society. A lot of people receiving food stamps work for a living…sometimes more than one job, just trying to make ends meet. A lot of those people in the “47% of Americans who pay no taxes” are seniors who have worked a lot harder in their lifetimes than you or I - and that group also includes veterans who have put everything on the line for you AND I. They are not victims - they are proud Americans who deserve our respect.
I believe in doing what is right. I believe we as a society must ensure that everyone who works hard and plays by the rules has a fair shot. And I believe that we should help those in need, because that is also the right thing to do. I don’t believe writing off half the country this way is right, and I thought you should hear that from someone who is not a victim.